About the author: Dr. Allen Howard Podet teaches in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department of the State University College at Buffalo, New York. Professor Podet holds a doctorate (DHL, HUC, Cincinnati) in Hebrew Literature and another (PhD, UW, Seattle) in Near East History. He publishes extensively and he has lectured widely across the United States in Near East Studies and in Religious Studies, and also lectured on Federal Republic grants at many German universities.
2000 0-7734-7821-3 The focus of this work is Leon Modena’s polemic masterpiece, the Magen Wa-Hereb, “Shield and Sword”. It makes this important document in Jewish polemical thought accessible to students of comparative religion and persons interested in inter-religious relations. Modena’s work is a delicately nuanced text, written in a sparkling style with wit and charm. This translation avoids a wooden rendering, being honest to the original, trying to bring the reader as close as possible to the honest feeling of the original as well as to its sense.